Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Trouble in Phoenix

Coach Wayne Gretzky scratched center Jeremy Roenick from Tuesday's game because of "back spasms."

Roenick, who spoke of back pain after Monday's game vs. San Jose, did not like Gretzky's decision to bench him and abruptly left General Motors Place upon hearing the news a few hours before the game.

It was not immediately known if Roenick returned to the arena to watch the game.
It's been an unbelievably awful season for JR, his second terrible campaign in a row, and I wouldn't be surprised in the least to see him follow in Brett Hull's footsteps and retire midseason. He simply doesn't have it — and hasn't for a while.

Roenick has one goal and six points in 28 games this season, complemented nicely by a -9 rating. He's 15 goals shy of the 500-mark, ----------- Roenick: Me did bad.
a number it's quite possible he'll
never reach.



At 3:04 p.m., December 13, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

I never cared much for roenick, but it sucks to see players that were superstars in their prime go out like this.

At 3:49 p.m., December 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a coincidence, a lot of people cared for Gretzky, but it sucks to see him go out like this too. Is there nobody in his life to tell him he's the worst coach in the league, maybe of the past half century?

At 4:07 p.m., December 13, 2006, Blogger Nick said...

Gretzky brought it upon himself. He should never have taken that coaching job. Sell the team, move them back to Winnipeg. They should just give up.

At 4:30 p.m., December 13, 2006, Anonymous Lammy said...

I can't help but think that the Phoenix Coyotes organization is quickly becoming the Shady Pines of the NHL. How many former All-Stars are circling the drain in the desert oasis?

JR on his way out. CuJo sporting a .884 sv%. Owen Nolan is but a pale reflection of his former self. Even The Great One is arguably at the low point of his career. Dear God...

Jovanovski and Nagy should hightail it outta there, lest they meet the same fate.

At 4:37 p.m., December 13, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Owen Nolan is somewhat better, with 14 points on the year, but he is clearly past his best before date as well, as is Cujo, who flickers on and off like a dying computer monitor. Nice youth movement, Wayne.

Let's face it -- Gretzky had no plan when it came to putting this team together, and brother does it show. Wayne never was a strategist and deep thinker, and his current gig as a coach and executive is cruelly exposing that fact.

At 10:26 p.m., December 13, 2006, Anonymous ken said...

Can Gretzky fire himself?

At least Roenick was (and is) funny in interviews. First Hull goes, now Roenick? It'll be a boring league.

At 3:01 a.m., December 14, 2006, Anonymous Vadim Sharifijanov said...

gretzky is not the worst coach in the league and he's certainly not the worst coach of the past century. far from it.

the problem is that he's nowhere near the coach that he was as a player. the easy argument is that his greatness as a player makes his coaching look even worse than it is. that's not the point. the point is, as a player, he could surround himself with his cronies -- mcsorley, coffey, kurri, fuhr, huddy -- and the kings would still make the playoffs. 1. those cronies were by and large good player and 2. while he was with the kings, gretzky was good enough to make the playoffs all by himself.

so gretzky is nowhere near the coach he was as a player. that's not why his team is in last place, at least not directly. the real problem is that his cronies suck at managing and scouting. and, to a lesser degree, they also suck at coaching. fuhr's goalies have never played worse. coffey's pp can't score to save its life. gretzky is, i would say, an average coach. that's not good enough to save the organization from completely inept personnel moves. EVERYBODY ELSE knew better than to sign nolan and roenick. NO OTHER rebuilding team would have signed jovo to a monster contract. most competent GM's would have traded nagy and doan over the summer and gotten something for them instead of the pittances they'll get if barnett even realises he has to deal them away at the deadline.

unfortunately, not giving his entourage important positions is a lesson gretzky never learned. i don't think he'll ever learn it. when he inevitably has enough and steps down next year or the year after, he'll probably hire pat quinn or barry melrose... or bruce mcnall.


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